Quote: Revis on Sanchez, Jets

“We almost made it [to the Super Bowl], and we didn’t have a quarterback. Mark [Sanchez] was solid. He wasn’t elite.”

Darrelle Revis on the Mark Sanchez-led Jets in 2009 and 2010 (July 22)

NFL: New York Jets at Miami Dolphins

Daily Links: Such great heights

– Revis almost retired in 2012, after knee injury required micro-fracture surgery [NFL.com]

– RB preview: Jets RB group lacks a bona fide star [ESPN New York]

– Jets legends Gastineau and Walker like 2015 Jets’ chances [Newsday]

– Jets land in 28th in fantasy football rankings [PFF Fantasy]

– Jets Top 25 – Could Decker reach new heights in 2015? [NY Post]

– Ex-Jet Hunter to retire after Bills release [AP]

BentBent, theJetsBlog.com: In his running backs preview, ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini bemoans the lack of elite talent in the Jets’ running back corps. Of this group, Stevan Ridley is actually the only one to have a 1,000-yard season to date, although Zac Stacy and Chris Ivory have been close (and even Bilal Powell was just shy of 700 yards in 2013). However, the Jets have added depth to last season’s third-ranked running game. That begs the following question: How important is it these days to have an elite talent at running back?

Cross-referencing the 13 teams that had a thousand-yard back last season with the teams that made the postseason, there’s no obvious correlation. As many postseason teams had a thousand-yard back as did not and more teams with a thousand-yard back missed the playoffs than made the postseason.

Focusing specifically on the AFC is particularly insightful though, as the three teams that made the postseason without a thousand-yard back (New England, Indianapolis and Denver) just happen to be three of the most potent pass-heavy offenses in the league. That suggests that if you don’t have an elite passing game, maybe you do need a thousand-yard back. Perhaps this is a good sign though: None of the three leading rushers on the other three AFC playoff teams had a thousand-yard season to their name this time last year.

Dec 28, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) looks on from the bench during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN poll ranks Geno Smith worst QB in NFL

In poll comprised of 35 league insiders and coaches, Mike Sando of ESPN.com ranks Jets QB Geno Smith as the worst quarterback in the NFL for the second consecutive year (July 21).

Smith was one of eight quarterbacks placed in the fourth — lowest — tier of the quarterback rankings. According to Sando, a fourth-tier group is for “unproven starters or those who might not be expected to last in the lineup all season.”

One coach who was part of the poll said Smith continues to have trouble establishing himself as a pocket passer, and that he doesn’t “process fast enough.”

In 2014, Smith completed 59.7 percent of his passes for 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Football Outsiders ranked Smith 32nd overall in terms of efficiency. PFF ranked Smith 39th overall at quarterback — just above Derek Carr and Blake Bortles. Based on Smith’s two years worth of results it is hard to argue the ranking or the goodwill that Carr or Bortles might get thanks to their being rookies in 2014, even if that goodwill is completely unwarranted.

Two years in a row, Geno has been benched as a starter for uneven play only to see himself re-inserted into the lineup due to his backups getting injured, or playing as bad or worse. Geno has demonstrated some intriguing play during the two Decembers of his NFL career, but now he has to go out and prove that he can play better throughout an entire season before he’s going to be bumped up in any insider/coaching rankings. With names like Matt Cassell, Brian Hoyer and Josh McCown directly ahead of him, it’s not going to be hard to jump up some spots on this list, but for him to even be included on this list a year from now he has to prove that he can do more than hang onto the rung right above replacement level quarterbacking. To do that, he needs to master Chan Gailey’s system — a system Gailey is more than willing to tailor to his quarterback — before the bullets are live in September.

A mainstay of the Jets defense since 2007. Excelling run in support, David Harris returns to the Jets to lead the interior group of linebackers.  See if Todd Bowles doesn't use Harris more as a blitzer this season.

Daily Links: New season, new look

– It’s a make or break season for Geno [NFL.com]

– QB preview: Can Geno win another competition? [ESPN New York]

– “Klecko to Canton” campaign gathers speed [Metro]

– Photos: The Bowles Philosophy [Jets Official Site]

– One site says the Jets have “no chance” of winning division [NJAM]

– Jets Top 25 – Harris’ reliability is under-appreciated [NY Post]

– Check out Leonard Williams’ “virtual rookie card” [NFL.com]

BentBent, theJetsBlog.com: In his article about Davis Harris, Brian Costello of the New York Post asks whether the Jets will try and mask Harris’ coverage deficiencies by taking him out of the game in passing situations.

Barring anything unexpected like an injury, this is unlikely. Last year, when Todd Bowles was the defensive coordinator for the Cardinals, veteran inside linebacker Larry Foote never left the field. Foote is older and slower-footed than Harris, who still displays good positional sense and open field tackling when playing underneath zone coverage.

While the Cardinals arguably lacked the same depth at inside linebacker as the Jets can currently boast, it’s obvious that Bowles places a premium on having an experienced player out there all the time. Any potential incremental upgrade one of the back-ups could provide in coverage is probably less important to Bowles than the disruption taking the guy with the headset off the field could cause.


ESPN: Namath undergoing hyperbaric treatment

In an article for ESPN, Peter Keating writes that Jets legend Joe Namath has been using a unique treatment to deal with post-football brain and cognitive problems.

To help with these issues, Namath has used an experimental hyperbaric oxygen treatment. He has reported improvement since staring the treatment, and wants others to use it as well >> Read More

Daily Links: Slim Pickings

  • Ex-Jets Vick, CJ, Tone among top remaining free agents [Around the NFL]
  • Dame expects to rush the passer more, two-gap less [NJAM]
  • Johnson departure, Gailey hire will affect Jets’ RB production [NFL.com]
  • Uncle Joe shares his trademark optimism from the Farm [Page 2 Sports]
  • Dame has a case for best NT but watch out for Williams [120 Sports]
  • Watch: Coaches discuss mental toughness [Jets Official Site]
  • Marshall calls Orton (not Cutler) the best QB he’s played with [Endzone Score]